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Hold that pose: Yoga may ease tough depression

Major depression is common and often persistent and disabling and Up to 40 percent of people taking medication for this form of depression won't see their depression go away. Researchers found that weekly sessions of yoga and deep breathing exercises helped ease symptoms of the common condition. They believe the practice may be an alternative or complementary therapy for tough-to-treat cases of depression. The intervention seemed helpful for "people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants but have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms.

consumer.healthday.com, Mar 9, 2017

Beware! Coloring your hair can up chances of breast cancer

Women beware before dying your hair or using hormonal contraceptives, as they may increase your chances of breast cancer. The biggest risk factor in breast cancer is high age and known lifestyle-related risk factors include late age at first birth, small number of children, high alcohol consumption and sedentary lifestyle. Researchers, analysed self-reported survey data from 8,000 breast cancer patients and 20,000 controls from Finland and suggested that use of other hormonal contraceptives was, by contrast, associated with 32 percent higher breast cancer risk among younger women under 50 when compared to women who did not use hormonal contraceptives.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com, Mar 10, 2017

Two new drug therapies might cure every form of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, the world’s leading infectious killer, may have finally met its match. Two new drug therapies called BPaMZ and BPaL, may be able to cure all forms of tuberculosis – even the ones most difficult to treat. BPaMZ involves taking four drugs once a day. Trials carried out in 240 people across 10 countries in Africa suggest that it cures almost all cases of ordinary TB in four months, and most people with drug-resistant TB in about six months. In the majority of cases, the TB bacterium had disappeared from sputum within two months. Meanwhile, BPaL, a therapy that involves taking three drugs once a day, has so far cured 40 of 69 patients with “extremely-drug-resistant TB” – the most difficult form to treat. The TB Alliance says that BPaMZ has the potential to treat 99 per cent of people who catch TB each year, while BPaL could treat the remainder.

www.newscientist.com, Feb 15, 2017

These are the 10 foods that affect your risk of heart disease, according to scientists

Fruits: Three average-sized fruits daily; Vegetables: Two cups cooked or four cups raw vegetables daily; Nuts/seeds: Five one-ounce servings per week – that’s about 20 nuts per serving; Whole grains: Two servings per day; Polyunsaturated fats: These are healthy fats that should make up 11 per cent of daily calories; Seafood: About eight ounces a week are considered to be beneficial for heart health. Further, there are some “bad” foods you shouldn’t eat too much of like: Red meat: one weekly serving – a serving is a medium-sized steak, for example; Processed meat: None recommended; Sugary drinks: None recommended; Salt: Limit your intake to about 2,000 milligrams daily – that’s just under a teaspoon.

globalnews.ca, Mar 9, 2017

Low back pain? relax, breathe and try yoga

Yoga has become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years. It typically involves a combination of physical movements, controlled breathing, and relaxation or meditation. According to a new review, yoga may be a natural fit in the quest to relieve an aching back. The findings come from an analysis of 12 studies that included more than 1,000 participants with lower back pain. The studies compared yoga to physical therapy or patient education. There was some evidence that yoga led to small improvements in pain, and small to moderate improvements in back function at three and six months.

consumer.healthday.com, Feb 10, 2017

Consumption of leafy greens during pregnancy protects baby from hypertension

A new research suggests that would-be-mommies should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables during pregnancy as it can protect their newborn from high blood pressure. In young adults, higher folic acid consumption has been associated with a lower incidence of hypertension later in life. Folic acid - found in spinach, kale and broccoli - is thought to protect childrens' heart health. The nutrient - found in spinach, kale and broccoli - is a member of the family of B vitamins and it is particularly involved in gene expression and cellular growth.

www.deccanchronicle.com, Mar 10, 2017

3 salt-free ways to flavor your food if you have high blood pressure

Over consumption of dietary sodium is a major risk factor for hypertension. Here are 3 delicious ways to flavor your foods, sans salt: use lemons, opt for herbs, try salt-free seasoning mixes. Incorporating the optimal blends of lemon juice and zest to a meal can change the entire flavor profile, and aid in digestion, as the citric acid contained in lemon juice helps break down fats, carbohydrates and protein. Using herbs when you cook is a great way to reduce the overall salt, fat and sugar content without sacrificing flavor.

www.vanguardngr.com, Mar 10, 2017

New insights into how the mind influences the body

Neuroscientists have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body's rapid response in stressful situations. These findings provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection. Specifically, the findings shed new light on how stress, depression and other mental states can alter organ function, and show that there is a real anatomical basis for psychosomatic illness.

www.sciencedaily.com, Aug 15, 2016

Handful of nuts a day helps in weight loss, cuts risk of cancer

According to a new report, nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol; plus, they are a good source of phytosterols, compounds that help lower blood cholesterol. In fact, the research suggests that nuts may help with appetite control, which can prevent weight gain or even help with weight loss. The study included all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazelnuts and walnuts, and peanuts (which are technically legumes). They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. Walnuts are a winner among nuts, because unlike their siblings, they have a significant amount of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for skin health.

www.newkerala.com, Mar 11, 2017


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